Presented by the WCL Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and the AU Center for Social Media

 

If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Time: 5:30-8:00PM

If A Tree Falls follows the controversial story of Daniel McGowan who was arrested in 2005 on charges of domestic terrorism as a member of the Earth Liberation Front. The film details Daniel's wait for sentencing while under house arrest, intertwined with the dramatic history of the ELF who operated through anonymous cells and caused millions of dollars in damage to businesses believed to be destroying the environment. Daniel's story calls into question not only how we understand environmental activism but also terrorism and the justice system.

For more information and to view the trailer, visit AUHumanRightsFilmSeries.org.

How To Die In Oregon

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2011
Time: 5:30-8:00PM

How To Die in Oregon offers a candid glimpse into the experiences of terminally ill patients as they wrestle with the emotional decision of whether to end their own lives.  What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.

For more information and to view the trailer, visit AUHumanRightsFilmSeries.org.

The Redemption of General Butt Naked

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Time: 5:30-8:00PM

The Redemption of General Butt Naked asks us to consider whether a person can actually redeem himself after committing horrific acts, as it follows Joshua Milton Blayhi as he attempts to make amends for the atrocities he committed during Liberia’s civil war. Blahyi is an evangelical Christian preacher, he is also formerly one of the most feared and bloodthirsty warlords of the 14-year Liberian civil war. Known as "General Butt Naked," Joshua believed he was invincible when fighting naked with an AK-47, as did his troops. Today we find him spreading the good word, telling his story of redemption, and seeking the forgiveness of his victims, his soldiers, and the courts. The film presents the chilling portrait of a man whose culpability and idea of reconciliation are inherently at odds.

For more information and to view the trailer, visit AUHumanRightsFilmSeries.org.

Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Time: 5:30-8:00PM

In 2008, Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero was murdered in Patchogue, New York. Marcelo's death was the tragic culmination of a wave of anti-immigrant violence in the community. Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness chronicles the journey of Marcelo's family and community members as they react to their loss, the crime and the root causes of violence.

For more information and to view the trailer, visit AUHumanRightsFilmSeries.org.